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Quick Cryptic 1264 by Felix

Pretty straightforward today from Felix. I don't know how often he sets but I wonder if there's a story behind the self-referential 2dn. Quite a lot of anagrams (7), some clunkier than others. LOI 12dn, which I stared at for a while. Probably just being a bit thick. 7 minutes





Across
1 Embarrassed, being compared to one easily led? (8)
SHEEPISH - i.e. like a sheep
5 Some forgot totally German’s name? (4)
OTTO - hidden word: forgOT TOtally
9 Returned nearly half of fiction in one’s genre (3-2)
SCI-FI - FIC (half of fiction) inside IS (one's) all backwards
10 Declared Authorised Version was inaccurate (7)
AVERRED - AV (Authorised Version, i.e King James Bible) + ERRED
11 I re-select cop for training for shadowy force (6,6)
SECRET POLICE - anagram ('training') of I RE-SELECT COP
13 Most senior of the French embraced by English lieutenant (6)
ELDEST - 'of the' in french is DES, surroounded by E + LT
15 Fool first to help (6)
ASSIST - ASS + IST (1st)
17 Employs magic arranging sporting events (7,5)
OLYMPIC GAMES - anagram ('arranging') of EMPLOYS MAGIC
20 Dance that we often show to each partner, first of all (3-4)
TWO-STEP - first letters of That We Often Show To Each Partner
21 Catch girl with Oscar (5)
LASSO - LASS + O (phonetic alphabet)
22 Appreciates what landlady provides? (4)
DIGS - double definition
23 Rag Moses transformed into fine material (8)
GOSSAMER - anagram ('transformed') of RAG MOSES

Down
1 Band of elite British soldiers descending on hotel (4)
SASH - SAS + H
2 Outcast Felix eventually shows up (5)
EXILE - another hidden word - fELIX Eventually
3 A version of Yellow Brick Road? (8,4)
PRIMROSE PATH - not sure what to say about this. Crypric definition that's not very cryptic?
4 Inadequate study: half of type’s missed (6)
SCANTY - study is SCAN , half of type is TY
6 Name in India originally for railway stations? (7)
TERMINI - anagram ('originally') of NAME IN I. (I being India in the phonetic alphabet) EDIT: idiot. Not an anagram at all, but as pointed out below TERM (name) + IN + I. Sorry....
7 Leftover items MD doesn’t put right (8)
ODDMENTS - anagram ('put right') of  MD DOESNT
8 Asp, foals, bees involved in these old animal tales (6,6)
AESOPS FABLES - anagram ('involved') of ASP FOALS BEES
12 Beaten again, or directed down a different path (8)
REROUTED - double definition. Took me a while to spot this one.
14 Light itch lasting twenty-four hours (7)
DAYLONG - light is DAY, itch is LONG
16 One small picture’s recalled old Roman general (6)
SCIPIO - I + S + PIC all backwards, + O
18 Poem’s written about racecourse (5)
EPSOM - anagram ('written about') of POEMS
19 Tart, small, for us (4)
SOUR - S + OUR

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jackkt
Jan. 11th, 2019 07:50 am (UTC)
14 minutes, so a little on the tougher side for me today. The PRIMROSE bit of PRIMROSE PATH held out until the very last minute and I also struggled with REROUTED.

Felix has set 36 puzzles to date, fairly evenly spaced at a rate of 7 or 8 per year.

Edited at 2019-01-11 07:51 am (UTC)
Ben Williams
Jan. 11th, 2019 07:55 am (UTC)
6dn
Don’t think that anagram works. I read it as TERM (name) IN (in) I (India originally, first letter)?
(Anonymous)
Jan. 11th, 2019 09:26 am (UTC)
RE: 6dn
Definitely
RE: 6dn - punnedit - Jan. 11th, 2019 12:30 pm (UTC) - Expand
idbgreen
Jan. 11th, 2019 07:57 am (UTC)
Some trouble
Wasn't very keen on Primrose Path (LOI). Didn't know the expression. Scan and study don't seem to be the same, as to study is more in depth and scan is a quick once over. COD 21ac
(Anonymous)
Jan. 11th, 2019 12:35 pm (UTC)
Re: Some trouble
SCAN: "scrutinise minutely" - first meaning in Collins!
"examine critically or closely" - first meaning in Chambers!
RE: Some trouble - nurse_ratchett - Jan. 11th, 2019 03:54 pm (UTC) - Expand
albrecht1959
Jan. 11th, 2019 08:23 am (UTC)
Just over 12 minutes. Also found rerouted a problem.
davidivad1
Jan. 11th, 2019 08:26 am (UTC)
Friday
I had all of this done in under 12 minutes apart from 3d.
The gaps in my education are often revealed by crosswords and Elton John is far more familiar than Shakespeare. Hence it took me another 4 minutes to construct the unknown Primrose Path to finish in 16:11.
A nice easyish puzzle with the path likely to be the problem. David
ant45
Jan. 11th, 2019 09:00 am (UTC)
15:15 today so on the easier side from my perspective.
Didn’t we have Termini with a similar clue yesterday?
I really don’t get how the clue to Primrose Path leads to the answer. How does Yellow Brick relate to Primrose? If it doesn’t and the clue is just a straight cryptic clue, doesn’t that open up to a clue such as ‘An alternative to butter’?
(Anonymous)
Jan. 11th, 2019 12:07 pm (UTC)
Primroses are yellow. Re the comment that "it's not cryptic" above, the cryptic bit is "Yellow Brick Road" purporting to be the song. But this is the QUICK cryptic after all :-)

F.
therotter
Jan. 11th, 2019 09:03 am (UTC)
18 minutes for me, so like jackkt, a bit harder for me than our esteemed blogger found it. I put in primrose hill initially, having never seen the path reference. Also slowed by failing to see the olympics anagram together with the daylong crosser. The phonetic alphabet did get another workout with both India and Romeo. Thanks all.
punnedit
Jan. 11th, 2019 12:31 pm (UTC)
I was thinking about your comment on the phonetic alphabet from yesterday. In fact, Hotel was also figured in the puzzle.
mendesest
Jan. 11th, 2019 09:23 am (UTC)
Finally, an all green grid. Never heard of Scipio nor primrose path but built up Scipio from the clue and primrose path seemed to fit the checkers and the definition. Took a while to get to scanty too but REROUTED was LOI and a mighty big groan when when the penny finally dropped on that one. See you Monday!
sonofjim
Jan. 11th, 2019 09:38 am (UTC)
Had to come. Worst of week with 20.23 and one wrong. Couldn’t come up with REROUTED so bunged in REPOSTED, knowing it must be wrong. In fact a few synonyms wouldn’t come forward today. DNK PRIMROSE PATH. Thought 22dn might be EGGS (!) before penny dropped. Held up by DES, missing the OF in 13ac. Didn’t think of SHEEPISH for EMBARRASSED till the end. Not sure I know DAYLONG as a word. ODDMENTS hid itself till late. All sounds a bit whiny!
(Anonymous)
Jan. 11th, 2019 09:39 am (UTC)
I think the parsing of 6 down is “term” (name) plus in (in) plus I (India)
oldblighter
Jan. 11th, 2019 09:52 am (UTC)
Well, a consistent and rather unsatisfying SCC end to the week for me at 23.56. Not much to complain about in this puzzle but it really didn't flow smoothly for me. I quite liked AVERRED and SCANTY (when the pennies dropped). I ended up in the NW corner with SASH (doh!) and SHEEPISH apart from my LOI ODDMENTS. COD probably ELDEST which needed a bit of parsing - thanks to Curarist and to Felix for a more testing outing than early posters found. John M.

Edited at 2019-01-11 09:59 am (UTC)
bripriuk
Jan. 11th, 2019 10:28 am (UTC)
I was on for a 20 minute finish but spent another 10 on the top left corner. Even then it was a DNF as I had REBOOTED for 12D ( it just about fits!).
I put in Primrose first time round, but erased it twice as I couldn't see how the'I' could be a valid last letter in 9A.
Brian
john_dun
Jan. 11th, 2019 11:33 am (UTC)
Re REBOOTED
Glad it wasn't just me!!
RE: Re REBOOTED - lucybrooke5 - Jan. 11th, 2019 06:36 pm (UTC) - Expand
uncle_bulgaria
Jan. 11th, 2019 10:50 am (UTC)
I was another who reposted (also expecting it to be wrong). I started really well getting lots of answers first pass today but then got stuck at the end and gave up after five minutes staring at the last two clues (Averred and Aesops fables remained unfilled in my grid). So that was a disappointing DNF to finish an up and down week for me. A distinct lack of perseverance today on my part!

Thanks to Felix & Curarist
river27
Jan. 11th, 2019 11:00 am (UTC)
Forgot to time this, but about 9 minutes I think. Didn't know the Roman general and 3d is a bit weak. Thanks to Felix and Curarist.

Adrian
chrisw91
Jan. 11th, 2019 11:02 am (UTC)
Struggled with Scipio (was one an I or A?), rerouted and loi primrose path. Over 15 mins but just happy to avoid a dnf.
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